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The Changing Face of the C Bet

Stick an ace high board in front of a pre flop raiser in the WSOP 2012 Qualifiers, and a continuation bet will follow as predictably as a train on a tube line.

This is especially true when playing heads-up and in position. This theme evolved because of the Dan Harrington on Hold’em book series and the online poker training sites.

Then, before you know it, counter strategies started to pop up like lumps in the wetsuit of a fat bloke.

Players were floating with garbage, aiming to take down the pot with a turn bet once checked to, or check raising the flop with air. Bad players did not adjust, and the 100% c-bet philosophy started to lose people money.

The great players did adjust, however, and the delayed turn c-bet became vogue. This meant that players holding hands such as [Ax] [Jx] would check back on [Ax] [5x] [4x] boards, with the aim of betting on the turn.

This change in direction removed the uncomfortable position of being check-raised on the flop, thus creating a much larger pot than you wanted. Players are much less likely to check-raise the turn and this is why the delayed turn c-bet works so well.

Incorporating the delayed turn c-bet also allows for the incorporation of a few turn bluffs. This is especially true if your opponent has seen you showdown value hands, where you followed the delayed c-bet turn line.

One last way of dealing with the trigger-happy flop check-raiser is to bet when you have a big hand, and let them barrel on the turn with a smooth call.

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Last updated 24 February 2018
The Changing Face of the C Bet